­Senator VillivalamSPRINGFIELD – With Illinois seeing historic investment in infrastructure, State Senator Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago), chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, advanced legislation to conduct a review revenue sources, equity and safety measures, and how to further improve our transportation system.

“Illinois is working hard to find new ways to improve our infrastructure,” Villivalam said. “With the help of this commission, we can find innovative sources of funding for projects in the communities that need it most.”

Senate Bill 1233 creates the Blue-Ribbon Commission on Transportation Infrastructure Funding and Policy to seek out alternative funding mechanisms for projects and operation. The commission is also tasked with researching current and future workforce needs, safety improvements, racial equity and how to expand multi-modal transportation networks.

Illinois has an extensive transportation network that ranks third in the nation for roadway miles and bridges. With over 127,000 miles of road, nearly 29,000 bridges and 17 major airports to maintain, funds from the gas tax are crucial to operating and maintaining our transportation system.

“Much of our infrastructure budget is dependent on the gas tax, and new industry trends like electric vehicles may reduce the available funds for essential projects,” Villivalam said. “I am committed to finding other sources of revenue to continue the work being done to rebuild our state.”

Senate Bill 1233 passed the Illinois Senate without opposition and awaits consideration before the Illinois House.